"We, the members of the Delta Chi Fraternity, believing that great advantages are to be derived from a brotherhood of college and university men, appreciating that close association may promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education do ordain and establish this constitution."
The Founding Fathers of The Delta Chi Fraternity
What is Delta Chi?
What exactly is Delta Chi? One could say Delta Chi is simply another greek-lettered fraternity. That, however, wouldn't even begin to describe what Delta Chi really is, and what it means to the Brothers.
A Fraternity built upon strong values
Originally founded as a law fraternity at Cornell University, the upholding of fairness and the Law remains as one of the four core values of the Fraternity: Friendship, Character, Justice and Education. Delta Chi seeks to instill these values in its members, endeavoring to foster long-lasting friendships in the Bond of brotherhood; to build Character in its members, who all strive to be gentlemen; to advance Justice through teaching its members fairness and right and to assist its members in the acquisition of a sound education by encouraging brothers to help each other, to seek academic assistance, and providing opportunities for help such as study hours.
"Delta Chi was my first love, and it shall be my last." -Peter S. Johnson, Founding Father
What sets Delta Chi apart from other fraternities on campus is the diversity and the unique bond the Brothers share. The members of the UMass Colony of Delta Chi come from all walks of life, but share a common thread that has brought them together in Delta Chi. Our membership is comprised of engineers, aspiring politicians and lawyers, scientists, artists, and most anything else you can think of.
"Delta Chi, turning boys into Men since 1890"
On a more basic level, Delta Chi is a social fraternity that participates in mixers with sororities, formals, tailgates, intramural sports, group studying, philanthropy events, community service activities, Greek Leadership programs, career networking, organized relations with Delta Chi chapters throughout the country, and everyday brotherhood activities. Delta Chi serves you in getting the most out of your college experience!
"College comes and goes, but my Brothers stay eternal."
When you join Delta Chi, you join a brotherhood that spans not only to the UMass Colony's re-founding in 2008, or to its original founding in 1968, but to 1890 when 11 men challenged authority and the dominating force at Cornell University and created Delta Chi. Many prominent men are Delta Chi's, including Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, and former President Benjamin Harrison. There are tens of thousands of men who are Delta Chi's, and not a single one should ever be heard to say he was a Delta Chi; this is the Brotherhood of a Lifetime, and once you become a Brother, you are then and forevermore in the Bond, always able to call on and rely upon your Brothers across the US and Canada.
"Brotherhood isn't a destination, its a journey."
Delta Chi at UMass Amherst was originally started in the late 60's. In 1967 a group of men came together and formed Nova Colony.
They had the beginnings of something great, but weren't sure which fraternity they wanted to associate themselves with, only that
they were to become associated with one. In 1968 the men of Nova Colony chose The Delta Chi Fraternity, and in 1969 they were
chartered as the Massachusetts Chapter of The Delta Chi Fraternity.
Delta Chi had three different houses on campus at different points in time. The Fraternity's first house was on Lincoln Avenue. Eventually Delta Chi outgrew that house and moved into a house on Mather Dr., a building most people at UMass now know as Mather Admissions Building. Later as times changed and fraternities grew smaller, we moved to a smaller house on Sunset Ave.
And again times changed. We moved into the late 90's and things were going alright, but the climate for Greek Life at UMass was becoming hostile. People looked down on Greek Life, viewing us as the Animal House "fraty frats". Not much is known at the moment about the end of Delta Chi's time at UMass, but it is known that in 2001 the Fraternity left campus of its own accord, and to this day, Delta Chi is the only Fraternity to leave UMass on good terms (a.k.a., without being kicked out).
In Fall 2008 Delta Chi officially returned to UMass and initiated a Founding Fathers II class of 17 men. Delta Chi was back! Delta Chi then went on to initiate 8 men into the Alpha Class in Spring 2009, 7 men into the Beta Class in Fall 2009, and as of Spring 2010, 3 men into the Gamma Class. Delta Chi is back, steadily growing, and looking towards the future.
The Ten Basic Expectations of a Delta Chi
1. I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
2. I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. Therefore, I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
3. I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
4. I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore I will not abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
5. I will meet my financial obligations in a timely maner.
6. I will not use not support the use of illegal drugs; I will not abuse nor support the abuse of alcohol.
7. I will acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore I will do all in my power to see that chapter property is safe, properly cleaned and maintained.
8. I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity Ritual and will incorporate them into my daily life.
9. I will excersise compassion and understanding in dealing with all persons.
10. I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity obligations and will confront those who violate them.